In a good game played between two even sides on the day, Burnham can only reflect on squandered chances that this week put them on the wrong end of a close match.
For the first twenty minutes of the game Avon had a lot of possession and used their forwards to give them good field position.  Burnham defended grittily with some great tackling by Mason Shaw and Jordan Paul especially. Eventually Avon were awarded a penalty just inside the Burnham Half, but the kick went just wide. Now Burnham began to play with good runs from Shaw and Josh Holder making inroads into the Avon half.
The closest Burnham came to a try was when Jordyn Wiketeria made a break on the left
And passed to Jordan Paul who just put a foot in touch when diving for the line.
Burnham continued to press for the rest of the first half but couldn’t break down a stubborn Avon defence. Avon were awarded a penalty for an offence in the scrum and their No 10 kicked over with the last kick of the 1st half. Half time 3-0 To Avon.
It was Avon who started the second half more aggressively and were awarded a penalty about 30 yards out which their No10 converted. Their was no resting for Burnham as Avon came back with another attack that ended in a drop goal by No 10 to give them a 9-0 lead.
Burnham now surged forward in all out attack but did a lot of the hard work to gain good field position only to lose the ball or be penalised close to Avon’s line.
Eventually Burnham did score a try when Skipper Russ Pike drew his man and passed to Matt Love who scored in the corner.
Avon then came back at Burnham again and were awarded another penalty that No10 converted. 12-5 Avon. Burnham continued to push for another score with Ross McKechan and Ben Gibb making telling runs but were still guilty of losing the ball at the vital moment. All in all a fair result with the winning side making the. Most of their chances to put points on the board.


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